(The Festival is now over, and the links to the films have expired – editors)

If you are craving anything French, or in a general state of appreciation of Frenchness…we are here for you, and have something even better than a baguette, dare I say better than champagne! UniFrance’s novel initiative, My French Film Festival is back for its ninth edition.

With two competitions of ten features and ten shorts in the language of Juliette Binoche, we are happy to share with you the ten short films in competition. Representing a curated selection of the best of contemporary French cinema, the shorts are free to watch now through to the end of the festival on February 18th. In addition to a jury award, you can make your voice heard by voting for the audience award on the festival’s platform.

On to the fun stuff, the short films! I was really pleased by this year’s program, it offers a variety of narratives separated into six thematic categories that include both shorts and features, giving a good picture of the diversity of production within the country, and a great snapshot of talented filmmakers on the rise. While there is no shortage of short films on the internet, it’s really cool for us to see a governmental organization as big and influential as Unifrance not just focus of IRL festivals, but work to promote their cultural products to the world at large via the internet (look at this distribution map, which screams Be Everywhere All At Once). So, without further ado, scroll down to see all ten in-competition short films.

Judith Hôtel (Judith Hotel)

Dir: Charlotte Le Bon

Director Charlotte Le Bon, who is known for being in front of the camera, stepped behind for her directorial debut. Le Bon explores the meaning of life and death with extremely stylish visuals in Judith Hotel, a hotel where Rémi, who has not slept in eight years, hopes to find peace.

Vote for the Film

Le Septième Continent (The Seventh Continent))

Dir: Noé Debré

Director Noé Debré takes on a quest to find a man’s girlfriend who has gone missing. With the perfect amount of weirdness and awkwardness, plus a daringly strong color saturation to its look, the film feels like a wild ride.

Vote for the Film

Wild Love

Dir: Paul Autric, Quentin Camus, Léa Georges, Maryka Laudet, Zoé Sottiaux, Corentin Yvergniaux

With multiple directors, this student 3D animation film starts as a romcom that takes a surprising turn. Extremely entertaining and fast paced, the film is an epic tale that flirts with different genres with a lot of humor.

Vote for the Film

Personne ne s’aimera jamais comme on s’aime (There’s No Love Stronger Than Ours)

Dir: Laure Bourdon Zarader

Laure Bourdon Zarader focuses her film on the love story between Pauline and Noham, who have to find a solution when life intervenes and jeopardizes their relationship. The sharp screenplay and performances perfectly carry the story of these two ten year old kids.

Vote for the Film

Un homme mon fils (A Man My Son)

Dir: Florent Gouëlou

Florent Gouëlou, in his student film for the highly regarded French film school La Fémis, delves into an estranged father/son relationship—what makes them similar, and what sets them apart. We tag along on a road trip with them in this touching story.

Vote for the Film

Chien bleu (Blue Dog)

Dir: Fanny Liatard, Jérémy Trouilh

Liatard and Trouilh direct a beautiful story about compassion, where a son is fully dedicated to helping his aging father. Meeting a young woman who dances Tamil will change his daily routine. The omnipresence of the blue color makes the film not only moving but extremely visually pleasing.

Vote for the Film

Des fleurs (Flowers)

Dir: Baptiste Petit-Gats

Baptiste Petit-Gats depicts grief from a mother and a son’s point of view on All Saint’ Day. The loss experienced by the two characters and their way of coping, which are completely opposite, make for a great slice of life film, with the right emotional depth.

Vote for the Film

La Collection (The Collection)

Dir: Emmanuel Blanchard

In this tense period piece, Emmanuel Blanchard takes us back to 1942 Paris, during the German Occupation, and sheds light on what used to be a common practice—merchants buying, at low low prices, artworks from Jewish collectors.

Vote for the Film

 

À l’aube (At Dawn)

Dir: Julien Trauman

Julien Trauman pushes his three teenage characters to their limits and tests their meaning of friendship by putting them in a dire isolated situation in his film. The slow progression and growing tension, paired with bleak despair, is contagious through the screen.

Vote for the Film

Les Petites Mains (Little Hands)

Dir: Rémi Allier

Rémi Allier flips the script in this story resulting from a work dispute between a director and his employees, leading a worker to a desperate act, hoping to gain leverage. We spend the film with Léo, who gets kidnapped, and whom is portrayed via a fascinating performance.

Vote for the Film

***

As a bonus, My French Film Festival is also highlighting a handful of works out-of-competition, which include some worthy works previously covered on this site. Check them out below. 

Play
Drama Jérémy Comte

Fauve

CURRENTLY OFFLINE for OSCARS - Set in a surface mine, this Special Jury Prize winner from Sundance 2018, follows two boys as they sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer.

Play
Fantasy Florian Brauch & 4 Others

Hybrids

ONLINE FOR A LIMITED TIME: This Oscar contender pictures what could happen when marine wildlife has to adapt to the pollution surrounding it.

Play
Music Video Romain Chassaing

Words Hurt

"Words hurt but decisions matter" - Be a leader or be a loser in this interactive music video game.